verb (used with or without object)
Origin of awaken
Examples from the Web for awakener
Jealousy is the forerunner of love, and sometimes its awakener.
"Pathos is a tide; often it carries the awakener of it off his feet," Meredith writes.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel|George Meredith
He did not coo at daybreak, "Joy possesses us, We did injure the Awakener."The Fijians|Basil Thomson
The man absorbed and involved in business is not an awakener or reminder of the Perfect.The Myth in Marriage|Alice Hubbard
As the Harbolas wake people up in the morning they are also called Jaga or Awakener.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India|R. V. Russell
Old English awæcnan (intransitive), "to spring into being, arise, originate," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600.
Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.